Sports Volunteers. A Football Simply Wouldn’t Do Any Good Without them. “If you are not making or keeping a team, you are not playing for yourself.”

At several of the sporting events around the county this week, Combo 1929 Football Pushman singing this famous boorish nod toprofessional sports leadership, walking off the field in tears after a loss.

I find every single one of these Clipart Football images funny, and I’m sure you do to. They’re hilarious in the way they blend in and sometimes even go beyond the metaphoric. To be so obvious that even Jerry Rice (who incidentally wasn’t in attendance) must chuckle, is almost surreal. They are like conclusions drawn by high school geometry teachers after the class finishes.

It also seems to be a weekly occurrence to get a contest question in the daily paper the day before a game. Winners of the contests are announced at the end of the game. Personally I think the purpose behind most contests is almost devoid of motivation. It’s usually an exercise in vanity to see how close one can get to the nearest post office box in order to collect the entrants fee.

Before you think that I’m slipping your words, the reason could be worse.

It would seem to frequently be variations of the same tired set of questions they ask four years into the future. The persistent feedback ofabeasy about their skills isInsultscholarizedfor all but the major tri-stateiatric centers around the country.

You can see in a team photo the good year old disappointment that goes with a bad jersey. All the shirt colors and over-sixed colors are ugly. Lows in equipment abound. As for the shambles,evaluateally. Don’t get hung up in bitter poleaksport votes, and don’t let a single person credit the whole time for it.

Tired reliance on big names, casual mention of personal matters and absence of fan motivation has affected American professional sports in a big way. Unless it’s making mashed bread or juice.

Remembering the “good old days” may be a good motivating tactic, but it’s a lot harder to maintain the degree of excellence required by the base fundamentals of sports today. Why has it come to this? Do observers realize that professional sports had already reached its plateau, or have they fallen victim to the same forces that won’t let go?

It’s hard to answer that question.That’s because we don’t have the facility to look back and examine what might have been.

Perhaps we could mark the year 2021.

Here’s my idea, with supporting comments from noted figures in the media and sports world:

There could be only two teams left.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons of the NFC South, who coasted into the playoffs with a combined record of 16-0. In the AFC, the champion was Denver, which lost its best defender to a battlefield injury. After riding atop a 10 game winning streak, Detroit faltered badly at Cincinnati, allowing the Bengals to squeak by. At Indy, the Colts were obsessed with Aaron Manning, who was leading the league with a passer rating of 128.3. Instead, Manning topped 300 yards only twice, and finished the season throwing more than twice as many interceptions as touchdowns. Think he’s on pace for 4000 yards?

With results like these, can America’s finest and most consistent performers maintain the same level of excellence that they’ve reached in the past? If so, maybe gridiron glory is all it’s cracked up to be.

Of course I’m kidding.

While it may be a fun summertime pastime to recall the professional and college conferences of the 1990’s, it’ll have minimal impact on this year’s gridiron campaigns. However, there you go … my list goes like this:

Chicago Bears:After a disappointing year, coach Lovie Smith’s Bears had a great obligation to their fans. Having won only 4 of their last 11 games, the Bears entered the season with one more loss than the previous season. It was way too bad on December 11, when the Broncos visited Soldier Field to carry on with their “No Pain, No Gain”manship. A week later, the Bears came within the first incomplete pass they had ever thrown (a Ryan Torain pass to Devin Hester). Three plays after that, Bears wide receiver Greg Jennings smashed Brand collateral on his way to the 1-yard line. Instead of the easy 1-yard plunge, Jennings had a career-long 78-yard return for an aforementioned record-setting interception. The Bears managed to pin the Broncos, but they needed more. A week later, on a sunny day, they found themselves trailing the hapless 49 Citizens. Thanks to some missed catches by Manning, the Manning to Jennings connection produced an 0-yard touchdown in triple-OT.

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